Do you think we’ll ever tire of turkey, stuffing, roast potatoes and Yorkshire puddings? Probably not, but it is sometimes nice to have a change and this winter there’s a perfect excuse to veer away from the traditional Christmas dinner. Patara Thai restaurants have launched a very special Christmas menu to celebrate this festive season; a menu that goes beyond your expectations of a regular green Thai curry and instead serves a sumptuous 4 course banquet put together with the finest ingredients.
We visited Patara Soho to experience this Christmas menu and we left extremely full, satisfied and with a renewed love for Thai food. The restaurant itself is beautiful. Fragrant aromas of Thai cooking fill the air as you enter, giving your senses a sample of what’s to come. The décor is classic and sophisticated with a heavy hint of luxury.
The food was absolutely delicious. The first course was an array of Thai starters – grilled chicked skewers, a fresh papaya salad, seared spiced Tuna and little parcels of chicken and vegetables. This was of course accompanied by a glass of bubbles. Then followed a very memorable scallop and mushroom coconut soup. It was rich, creamy and generously filled with King scallops.
There is a range of options for the main course but we went for the rolled lamb in green curry and the black cod in red curry. Both were delicious. The lamb was tender and pink, wrapped around a cinnamon stick which provided a gentle spicing, the green curry was one of the best I’ve sampled here in London and the red curry was equally good with meaty cod fillets which fell apart in the mouth. Served with mixed vegetables and jasmine rice, it was a very filling main. A knowledgeable chef had paired the perfect wines to go with our meal, each one accentuating and never over-powering the flavours of the food.
Just when we thought we had absolutely no space left, then arrives a beautiful berry panacotta, with the perfect amound of wobble; we devoured them without second thought. It was light and fruity, exactly what we needed after the three courses before.
We couldn’t help eyeing up the other dishes as they flowed out the kitchen and absolutely everything looked delicious. Presented with style, this was Thai fine dining at its best. Patara would be a great spot to visit any time of the year, but take it from me, the Christmas menu isn’t to be missed.